Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Glory in Mercy

The antiphon for Sunday's introit was
Blessed be the holy Trinity and the undivided Unity!
Let us give glory to Him because He has shown His mercy to us!

And we go from the Introit (O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth, who have set Your glory above the heavens!) directly to the Kyrie (Lord, have mercy upon us). Then we go straight to the Gloria in Excelsis (Glory be to God on high... We give thanks to Thee for Thy great glory... Have mercy upon us.)

And so it went throughout the service, in the hymns and liturgy, going back and forth, back and forth, between glory and mercy. It almost reminds me of the collect in summer:
O God, You declare Your almighty power above all in showing mercy and pity....

You'd almost be tempted to think that God's great glory is His mercy, wouldn't you?

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